Graham Landscape Architecture Lands in Architectural Digest

Annapolis, MD, February 20, 2009 --( An Eastern shore estate landscaped by Annapolis architect Jay Graham and his team at Graham Landscape Architecture makes its public debut in the March issue of Architectural Digest.

The article, “An Eastern Shore Idyll,” features the home and property on San Domingo creek in Talbot Co., where the interior and exterior design is intentionally understated, in order to highlight magnificent water views.

“The property owner sought tranquility, which begins with the water,” said Graham. “Everything else, the colors, the plantings, the hardscape, exist to enhance the experience of the setting.”

Graham removed an old bulkhead from the property’s shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to create a living shoreline. A soft line of grasses extends into the shallows of the water, inviting wildlife to up to the shore.

A swimming pool was relocated out of the sightline between the house and creek to a quiet tree-shaded enclave, to preserve the primary view. With a bluestone terrace and gray finish, the pool reflects the color of the river behind it, as if to bring the shoreline closer to the home. Strategically placed hedges provide a privacy screen between neighboring homes without compromising the sightline.

Native plantings in rich shades of green and white and a variety of textures play off the home and water to create year –round beauty within the natural color palate of the setting. The result is a sense of inevitability, of the landscape as it was always meant to be, creating a restful year-round waterside retreat.

Founded in 1984 by Jay Graham, FASLA, Graham Landscape Architecture crafts classic landscapes for urban, country and waterfront estates, and historic properties. Headquartered in historic Annapolis, Maryland, with a branch office in Abingdon, Virginia, the firm's primary concentration lies within the mid-Atlantic Coastal and Piedmont regions. For more information, please visit

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